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For the character in Fallout 4, see John Hancock.
For more information on the historical figure, see John Hancock on Wikipedia.
John Hancock (January 23, 1737 - October 8, 1793) was the president of the Second Continental Congress and is most remembered as the first of the signatories on the American Declaration of Independence.
Before the American Revolution, Hancock was one of the wealthiest men in the Thirteen Colonies, having inherited a profitable mercantile business from his uncle. He began his political career in Boston as a protégé of Samuel Adams.
Hancock used his wealth to support the colonial cause as tensions increased between colonists and Great Britain in the 1760s. He became very popular in Massachusetts, especially after British officials seized his sloop Liberty in 1768 and charged him with smuggling. Those charges were eventually dropped; he has often been described as a smuggler in historical accounts, but the accuracy of this characterization has been questioned.
Hancock was one of Boston's leaders during the crisis that led to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1775. He served more than two years in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and he was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence in his position as president of Congress. He returned to Massachusetts and was elected governor of the Commonwealth, serving in that role for most of his remaining years. He used his influence to ensure that Massachusetts ratified the United States Constitution in 1788.
His large, ornate signature on the Deceleration of Independence is widely remembered, so much so that "John Hancock" became American slang for a person's signature.
- John Hancock was the answer to a question at the National Archives pop quiz terminals. Also in the archives is a protectron portraying Hancock at the signing of the Declaration. He is mentioned on the label on the Paul Revere House, and over the speakers in the Museum of Freedom.
- Hancock (born John McDonough) took on his name during his tenure as the leader of Goodneighbor in 2287. It is also implied that Hancock's red frock coat may have originally belonged to his namesake.